Board of Directors
Kathleen Urbom, President
Urbom Law Offices Chartered
Kathleen Urbom was born in Ft. Riley, KS to a large family and moved many places as part of her father’s military career, including 7.5 years in Germany. She graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS with a dual B.A. in history and psychology and from Washburn School of Law in Topeka with a J.D. In addition to her day to day practice in business formation, governance, contracts and probate, she represented special education students for over 20 years with school districts across the state. Ms. Urbom, through her study of history, family and client exposure, has a deep awareness of the burdens, barriers and consequences of abusive relationships, especially as they relate to community processes and outcomes: education, legal, social, financial and military. She has served on the KCSDV Board since 2011 as part of the fulfillment of her belief that the manner in which a society treats their most vulnerable will be reflected in all aspects of behavior, directly or indirectly, and ultimately affect the success of that society and its survival.
Kathy Williams, Secretary
Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
Kathy Williams is a life-long Kansan. She graduated from Wichita State University where she earned a BA in English Literature. Not long after graduation, she recognized her passion was in social services and started working in that area. In 1989, Kathy was hired as the Coordinator of Victim Services at the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center and worked in that position until 1994. She returned to WASAC in 1999 as Executive Director. In 2002, Kathy completed a master’s degree in Social Work.
Rasmita Patro, Treasurer
Rasmita Patro is currently a financial specialist for Heartland RADAC. She worked for Friends of Yates, a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City, Kansas. During her time at Friends of Yates she served as an Office Manager, Associate Director, Assistant Director/Grants Manager, and then became Executive Director. Over the years, Rasmita has stayed committed to the mission of Friends of Yates, and gained experience in office management, financial administration, and grant management. Rasmita holds a master’s degree in Home Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has an extensive background in accounting, auditing, and operations management in nonprofit settings for over 15 years. She brings these and other skills to any and all projects that may come along with an understanding of the role of state domestic and sexual violence coalitions and programs in the intervention and prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
Callie Jill Denton
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
Callie earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas with a major in Political Science and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. She is admitted to the practice of law in Kansas. Callie has held professional government affairs positions as a contract lobbyist, executive director of a non-profit association, and manager of legislative affairs with a non-profit health plan in Seattle, Washington. Her accountabilities have included lobbying at the state and federal levels of government, compliance, association management, fundraising, and persuasive communication. Callie’s clients all have faced tough legislative challenges in difficult political environments where negative public perception is a factor. Her experiences have given her the perspective that everyone has a story worth hearing; amicability goes a long way toward building bridges; and a middle ground is important but integrity must never be compromised.
Jan Jones is the Executive Director of Safehope, Inc., located in Newton, Kansas. This program provides services to victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their families in a three county area in central Kansas, McPherson, Harvey, and Marion counties.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka
Amanda Kiefer is the First Vice President, Director of Human Resources and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka. Amanda is a 2003 Washburn Law School graduate, and received a Political Science degree from Kansas State University.
Amanda is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Greater Topeka class and one of Greater Topeka’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40. She is a Past-President of the Topeka Bar Association, the Washburn Women’s Alliance and the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. She has chaired the Corporate Counsel Section of the KBA and served as the Conference Co-Chair for the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Amanda previously served on the board of Women Vision International, a not-for-profit corporation that coordinated a micro-lending program in Ghana, Africa.
Steinbeck Law, LLC
Amber Steinbeck practices law in the area of commercial and general business litigation. She has long been an activist against sexual and domestic violence, first as a volunteer legal advocate for Quanada Women’s Shelter in the mid-1990’s, more recently serving as a legal volunteer for Kansas City area women veterans, and representing various victims of violence on a pro bono basis. She has been recognized for her pro bono work by the Missouri Bar by with her inclusion on the “Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame” every year since 2011. She further advocates for women and victim’s rights as a member of the board of directors of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater KC. Based in part on her community and civic efforts, Amber was recently named as an “Influential Woman” by the Kansas Business Magazine, was selected by SuperLawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas,” and was chosen for the tenth consecutive year by the Kansas City Business Journal as “Best of the Bar” in business litigation. Amber is proud to serve on the KCSDV board of directors, a board member since 2011, and enthusiastically serves on the KCSDV Fund Development Committee.
Carol graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1986 and has practiced in Topeka her entire legal career. She was a preschool and learning disabilities teacher and foster mother before law school. She has clerked for the Kansas Court of Appeals, served as an Assistant Attorney General under Robert T. Stephan, and Assistant City Attorney with the City of Topeka. Carol moved to private practice in 2000 and in 2006 she established her own firm. She later merged her firm with an Overland Park based health law firm. In December 2018 Carol accepted the position of Staff Attorney for the Third Judicial District, Topeka, Kansas.
Carol’s private practice was focused on health law and employment law issues. She is past president of the Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys. She serves on the Kansas Lawyer Assistance Program Board by Supreme Court Appointment. Carol’s representation of health and human services organizations and health care professionals has informed her understanding of the pervasive and long lasting effects of sexual and domestic violence on every aspect of our society – home, work, school, leisure, religious. She is honored to be a member of this esteemed Board and to support the work of the Coalition.
Wichita State University
Jennifer Demers is an Assistant Professor in the Community Psychology program at Wichita State University. She is the Director of the Social Action, Violence, & Inequities (SAVI) Lab, which conducts empirical research that aims to inform new prevention methods and improved response services for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Dr. Demers graduated with a Ph.D., in Social Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2018, and received a B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 2005. While completing her doctorate degree, she had the honor of co-managing a study for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault through the Prevention Innovations Research Center, where she is currently a Faculty Fellow. In the interim between earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she completed a year of volunteer service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and worked in non-profit management, marketing, and communications.
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